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pap while pregnant? Lotus Flower Bomb 1 child; Georgia 292 posts
28th May '11

is it safe to have a pap smear, or some other form of vaginal swab during pregnancy? im 7 months and i got to the doctor about every 3 weeks now and have complained every visit of strange discharge. im pretty much positive it is a yeast infection because of how the discharge looks but i just want to be absolutely sure. every time i mention my problems to my doctor she tells me to pee in a cup and says everything looks fine. then last time she wrote me a prescription for that AWFUL flagyl which is for bv and makes me extremely sick every time i take it and leaves me with a yeast infection. i didn't even test positive for bv so i don't see why she prescribed it and i didn't take it. i don't see why they haven't just swabbed me down there and looked under the microscope to see what it is. i need to know before its time for my baby to pass through there...is there some reason they haven't done it by now?

Shawna ♡ 1 child; Illinois 3306 posts
28th May '11

Yep i've had a few of them this pregnancy, only way they can know what kind of infection it is. Safe!

Jess |Team Pink| 1 child; Arkansas 1873 posts
28th May '11

it is safe to do a pap while pregnant.. I hadnt had a 'yearly' in 3 years before I got pregnant(my bad..) I got one on my first appt

T♥B♥A 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Denver, CO, United States 12590 posts
28th May '11

all my paps have been while pregnant

CAPT VANITY 33 kids; Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany 497 posts
28th May '11
Quoting Kaelub's Mom:" is it safe to have a pap smear, or some other form of vaginal swab during pregnancy? im 7 months and ... [snip!] ... it is. i need to know before its time for my baby to pass through there...is there some reason they haven't done it by now?"


The first one I had while pregnant made me bleed, but everything turned out fine. After that I just asked them to swab and not use that thing to open you up, which works too. They just can't look at your cervix.

xx.Harlequin.xx Due December 18 (boy); 1 child; Salt Lake City, Utah 114 posts
28th May '11

Of course its safe :) every 1st prenatal doc appointment they do a pap smear :)

*-Gigi & Audrey's Mama-* 2 kids; Pennsylvania 1686 posts
28th May '11
Quoting Kaelub's Mom:" is it safe to have a pap smear, or some other form of vaginal swab during pregnancy? im 7 months and ... [snip!] ... it is. i need to know before its time for my baby to pass through there...is there some reason they haven't done it by now?"


yeah def, ive had 2 during my pregnancy. sometimes in rare cases they even to Colposcopys on pregnant women (if its something serious enough) where they swab and then take a biopsy of the abnormal part. they dont like to do it in fear of causing miscarriage but my OB said they do it occasionally. a papsmear is totally fine! I just had a vaginal swab last week at my appt (im 37 weeks now) n they said its a routine swab that they do for every woman

Katie ♥ Eli 1 child; California 2259 posts
28th May '11

I didn't think you needed a swab for them to tell if you had a yeast infection, but yes... I had one done while I was pregnant.

CML's Mommy 2 kids; North Carolina 2040 posts
28th May '11

Ask them to do a wet mount slide. That does not require a pap per say. They just take a q-tip and swab the inside of the vagina....if it is yeast then you need Triazole. It's a 3 time supossitory you do at night in your vagina.

Lotus Flower Bomb 1 child; Georgia 292 posts
28th May '11

so basically my doctor is just an idiot...i have been complaining about this for at least a month, almost 2 months. i'm going to just ask for one next time because this is ridiculous

Saraneth 3 kids; Carmel, Maine 15467 posts
28th May '11
Quoting Kaelub's Mom:" is it safe to have a pap smear, or some other form of vaginal swab during pregnancy? im 7 months and ... [snip!] ... it is. i need to know before its time for my baby to pass through there...is there some reason they haven't done it by now?"


Vaginal swab is okay. Pap is pointless... its a test for cancer, and it only can tell if your cells are abnormal. You're pregnant, so your cervix isn't normal... so your test may come back false positive.



I'd wait to get a pap until at least 6wks pp.

CAPT VANITY 33 kids; Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany 497 posts
28th May '11
Quoting CML's Mommy:" Ask them to do a wet mount slide. That does not require a pap per say. They just take a q-tip and swab ... [snip!] ... the inside of the vagina....if it is yeast then you need Triazole. It's a 3 time supossitory you do at night in your vagina."


:!: yeah, they just swabbed me last time, because those plastic things that open you up hurt me like no other. It might be diff for others though.

Saraneth 3 kids; Carmel, Maine 15467 posts
28th May '11
Quoting xx.Harlequin.xx:" Of course its safe :) every 1st prenatal doc appointment they do a pap smear :)"


Not necessarily. Now, if you're under 21 they don't give you a pap smear. I'm 19 and on my second, and I've never had a pap.



And it increases your risk of miscarriage.

Saraneth 3 kids; Carmel, Maine 15467 posts
28th May '11
Quoting Kaelub's Mom:" so basically my doctor is just an idiot...i have been complaining about this for at least a month, almost 2 months. i'm going to just ask for one next time because this is ridiculous"


Just go to CVS and buy some monistat.

CML's Mommy 2 kids; North Carolina 2040 posts
28th May '11
Quoting Kaelub's Mom:" so basically my doctor is just an idiot...i have been complaining about this for at least a month, almost 2 months. i'm going to just ask for one next time because this is ridiculous"


Does it have an odor or do you itch??

Even during pregnancy we all have discharge, some more than others, it will be a creamy white. Could just be natural discharge from your body. Once you get farther along it will thin out and almost seem like you are constantly wet.-